The Fall's Mark E. Smith Serenades Fans From Wheel Chair In Dressing Room



Today's news of the weird report comes from U.K. post-punk band The Fall, or rather the band's only consistent member since 1976, Mark E. Smith. Recovering from a broken hip, he took the stage last night in a wheelchair, which by itself is not totally weird. But then he left the stage and sang the rest of the set from his dressing room. We can't make this stuff up.

The Fall were playing London's KOKO -- Smith took the stage in his wheelchair, maneuvering himself around the stage to alter settings on the band members' equipment before taking his spot behind a guitar amp, where he remained for most of the gig.

Rumored to be releasing their next album on Domino Records, the band played three new songs: "Hot Cake", "Chino Splashback" and "Funnel of Love." But the last three numbers of the evening were live via dressing room, as Smith went backstage and continued to sing. He changed the lyrics of "Blindness" to say: "I refused to go onto the stage at one point/You'll get over it in the morning."

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The Fall's Mark E. Smith Serenades Fans From Wheel Chair In Dressing Room